Letters to the Lost

April 13, 2017 ARC, Book Review 2

Letters to the LostLetters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on April 4th 2017
Pages: 304

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My Thoughts:

I so enjoyed this book. The characters and story captured my attention from the get-go. I simply devoured it.

I loved the way the reader gets to know both of the main characters. We see their own perspective, as well as how they view each other. Like in Geekerella, the characters get to know and like one another anonymously while in real life they don’t particularly like each other. Again, I’m a sucker for a enmity to romance story.

There are some real “heavy” issues in this book. Juliet is dealing with the loss of her mother and Declan has some family issues as well. These were key to the story and the development of the characters, however, Letters to the Lost never read like an “issue book.” It felt very authentic and cohesive. Just really well done.

I loved the interactions between Juliet and Duncan… both through their letters and in real life. They are really interesting and compelling characters. Watching them connect and help each other really affected me as a reader. I also enjoyed getting to know a bit about their friends (and, in some ways, families.)

Letters to the Lost packs an emotional punch. I highly recommend it.

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